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Food, fuel hearing set

OMAHA (DTN) – Two members of the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee will hold a field hearing Monday in Omaha to examine issues involving the impact biofuels have on food, feed and fuel production.

Chairman Tom Harkin, D-IA, and Sen. Ben Nelson, D-NE, will hold the hearing to “explore the changing economic landscape for agriculture, including the role of renewable fuels and the potential for increased agricultural productivity of grains and advanced biofuels in the future,” according to a news release.

Witnesses will include Bruce Babcock, professor of agricultural economics at Iowa State University; Dave Moody, president of the Iowa Pork Producers Association; Jim Jenkins, chairman of the Nebraska Ethanol Board; Bill Lapp, economist and principal for Advanced Economic Solutions; Tim Recker, president of the Iowa Corn Growers Association; Dean Oestreich, chairman of Pioneer Hi-Bred and vice president for DuPont Agriculture; Thomas Foust, biofuels technology manager at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colo.; Bruce Dale, chemical engineering professor at Michigan State University; and Jeff Lautt, vice president of corporate relations for Poet, Sioux Falls, SD.

The hearing is set for 9 a.m. CST at the University of Nebraska-Omaha Strauss Performing Arts Center, 60th and Dodge Street in Omaha. The public is invited to attend.

The hearing will also stream live on the committee’s web site at http://agriculture.senate.gov.

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